Ho! Ho! Ho! NAIT presents ‘The 12 story ideas of Christmas’
Are your Christmas and year-end story ideas getting a frosty reception? NAIT offers 12 suggestions and experts to assist you. Whether it’s tips on preparing the perfect Christmas meal, picking this year’s hottest video games or making realistic New Year’s resolutions, ‘yule’ find value in the insights our experts provide.
Please note most experts are available only until Dec. 19, unless otherwise noted or other arrangements are made.
1. The art of holiday schmoozing
‘Tis the season for office Christmas parties and corporate functions. What is acceptable behavior at these annual events? Keven McGhan, a sales management instructor in NAIT’s JR Shaw School of Business, has the answers. An expert in the art of schmoozing, he offers valuable tips on networking and business etiquette. Keven can be reached at 780.471.7870 or at email@example.com.
2. The economics of gift-giving and happiness
We know it’s better to give than to receive, but how do we get the maximum bang for our gift-giving buck? Is it better to gift a tangible item or an experience (like a night out on the town)? Ted Noakes, an economist and finance instructor in the JR Shaw School of Business, can talk about the economics of gift-giving and what makes people happiest. Ted can be reached at 780.471.8610 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Social media and viral holiday videos
Businesses are increasingly using social media to catch the attention of consumers and tug at heart strings, particularly during the holidays. WestJet has a new video this year and Air Canada has countered with its own. Ray Bilodeau, a marketing instructor in NAIT’s JR Shaw School of Business, can speak to the value of these seasonal campaigns. Ray can be reached at 780.471.7573 or at email@example.com.
4. Must-have video games
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny, Super Smash Bros. or Dragon Age Inquisition? Xbox One or PS4? Who better to ask than up-and-coming video game developers in NAIT’s Digital Media and IT (DMIT) program? Teams of students and their instructors are ready to discuss and demonstrate this year’s hottest video games and gaming systems. Steve Chattargoon, DMIT chair, can coordinate student availabilities. Please note students are only available Dec. 10, 11 and 12. Steve can be reached at 780.819.9683 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Update your Christmas event with hot decorating ideas
Decorating the home and office helps people get into the festive spirit. Alex Armstrong, an event management instructor at NAIT and owner of Three Tall Women Design Inc., offers valuable insights into the hottest seasonal decorating trends. Alex also has expert tips for creating memorable Christmas office parties, even on short notice. Alex can be reached at 780.433.4877 or at email@example.com.
6. Picking the best wines and beers for seasonal gatherings
Red or white? What’s best – a $15 bottle of wine or a $30 bottle? Brent Murton and Carla Soderlind, WSET wine experts, have some great tips on how to pick the right wines and beers for your festive gatherings. Brent is dining room supervisor at Ernest’s – NAIT’s fine-dining restaurant, and Carla is maître d’. Brent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Carla can be reached at email@example.com.
7. Say cheese! Taking the best holiday photos and camera-buying tips
Shaun Scade, an instructor in the Photographic Technology program, has valuable tips on how to take better photos this Christmas. He offers expert advice on selecting lenses, proper framing, choosing appropriate backgrounds and more. Shaun can also offer camera-buying tips. Shaun can be reached at 780.471.8567 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. First Canadian Christmas
Hundreds of NAIT international students will celebrate their first Canadian Christmas. These students are available to talk about the experience and cultural differences. Interviews can be arranged by Ashraf Rushdy, international student advisor at NAIT. Ashraf can be reached at 780.378.5030 or at email@example.com.
9. Preparing the perfect Christmas meal
What does it take to roast the best turkey with all the trimmings? What should you serve with it? Josh Ward, with NAIT’s Culinary Arts program, has tips for that perfect Christmas meal. Josh can be reached at 780.491-3167 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Exercising outdoors in winter
More Canadians are running and cycling in winter. Dr. Ken Riess, an instructor in NAIT’s Personal Fitness Trainer program with a PhD in Rehabilitation Science, has pointers for continuing these activities safely in snow and ice conditions. Ken is also a certified clinical exercise specialist and a certified exercise physiologist. Ken can be reached at 780.491.3920 or at email@example.com.
11. Making realistic New Year’s fitness resolutions
Living a healthy lifestyle is no easy feat. New Year’s resolutions provide us with the opportunity to change less than optimal lifestyle habits to ones that will enhance our lives. However, too many of us fail to follow through. Kate Andrews and Randy Dreger, instructors in NAIT’s Personal Fitness Trainer program, offer expert advice on how to make appropriate resolutions and tips for getting into shape and sticking with it. Kate can be reached at 780.471.8716 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Randy can be reached at 780.491.3119 or at email@example.com.
12. Sitting is the new smoking
Too many North Americans are leading sedentary lifestyles, sitting all day at work and lounging on the sofa at night. It gets even worse during the winter, when frigid temperatures often keep us indoors. Current research is providing more and more evidence of how harmful this can be, even if you get regular exercise. Leanne Telford, chair of the Personal Fitness Trainer program, offers tips on incorporating more movement into your everyday routines. Leanne can be reached at 780.471.7728 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: NAIT is closed for the holidays from Dec. 24 to Jan. 4.
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